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Old 10-18-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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We drink the tap water all the time. Its just fine. We use it for tea, OJ, cooking, etc. We do run our drinking water through a Britta, just to get some of the minerals out of it. It does have a fair amount of minerals in it, but that's not unusual in many parts of the country. We've never gotten sick or any ill effects, but the minerals do build up on the fixtures over time. While some may move here and not like the water, that's often true. Different water from different sources can have a slightly different taste.

However, there are cases in the area where the homeowners should use bottled or purified water. IE live close to a feedlot or a dairy farm, or your well water is not up to standard. I would recommend anyone on their own well get their water analyzed and checked occasionally. Some of the water in the area is too brackish to drink.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:22 AM
 
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Britta or especially reverse osmosis can take care of most minerals and other materials dissolved in water. I use r.o. for my household water here in Ohio, to remove the nitrates from run-off from the farms.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:44 PM
 
Location: South Texas
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I would not go so far to say the water is contaminated, but it does taste terrible. Even though there is the Ogallala Aquifer right beneath our feet, we pump water from Lake Meredith, north of Amarillo. About ten years from now, we will get water from Lake Alan Henry. The water there does not have the mineral content our water does now, so hopefully it will taste better.
The problem with Lake Meredith is that it "turns over" many times per year. Most lakes only turn over twice per year, once in the fall, and once in the spring.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:45 PM
 
Location: South Texas
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We're thinking of moving to Littlefield or Levelland in a few years. Do those (and other) Lubbock surrounding areas have water taste & shortage issues? We've been spoiled here in Ridgecrest, California, and also in Weldon, CA before. Both places have great well water. We will probably always be on some form of well water, because we like to live rural, with 1/2+ acres so we can have RV parking & chickens; so hopefully the Panhandle rural wells are tasty.
I grew up about 100 miles NNE of Lubbock, and we had a well on our property.

Our well water tasted good, but was very high in fluoride.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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The problem with Lake Meredith is that it "turns over" many times per year. Most lakes only turn over twice per year, once in the fall, and once in the spring.
Lubbock doesn't get its water from Lake Meredith any more.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:33 PM
 
Location: South Texas
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Lubbock doesn't get its water from Lake Meredith any more.
Thank goodness - and I don't even live near there anymore!
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:02 PM
 
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We received 2" of rain this morning here northeast of Lubbock. However, I don't think rainwater affects the Ogalla Aquifer except to possibly lessen the draw down from people watering lawns and crops.
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